czwartek, 29 maja 2014

Top 5 museums in Krakow

1. Royal Wawel Castle on the Wawel Hill 

Permanent exhibitions at the Royal Castle:
1) State Rooms;
2) Royal Private Apartments;
3) Treasury and Armoury;
4) Oriental Art;
5) The Lost Wawel.

Castle seasonal routes:
1) Dragon's Den;
2) Sandomierz Tower;
3) The history of Wawel Hill

Wawel Hill is available to visitors daily from 6 am to dusk. Arcaded courtyard of the Royal Castle is closed half an hour before the gates of the Wawel Hill.

2. Czartoryski Museum

Da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine grabs your attention here. As for museum, it has many old masterpiecies like e.g. a dramatic landscape by Rembrandt. The museum collects European paintings of the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries. Further, museum posess monuments of European and Islamic art and crafts from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century, also posess graphics, ancient art and military.

3. National Museum in Krakow

National Museum in Krakow is the oldest one bearing the name "National". The institution was founded in 1879 as a museum of Polish contemporary art. Thanks to many donations is now the largest museum institution in Poland in terms of the number of buildings, branches and facilities. Despite of the fact that museum specializes in mainly Polish art, those are also great collections of European art and from others including paintings, ancient art, military, Western sculptures, arts and crafts of the Far East ans so on.
The first seat of National Museum was the Sukiennice. To this day, you can admire Century Polish Art there (on the Main Square).
Entrance free on Sundays.

4. MOCAK - Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow

The project to establish the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow began in late 2004 when the Municipality of Krakow took over and bought the buildings located in a place where the Schindler's Factory existed long time ago. The main aim of the museum is to present art last 20 years in the context of the post-war avant-garde and conceptual art.

5. Polish Aviation Museum 

Polish Aviation Museum was one of the oldest permanent airfields in Europe. It was founded for the Austrian and Hungarian aviations in 1912. Currently, the museum occupies a small piece of past military airport in eastern Krakow (Rakowice - Czyżyny) which include a large hangar and garage and storage facilities, built by Germans during the Second World War.

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